Carpinus caroliniana- Musclewood


This understory tree has remarkably attractive smooth gray bark, covering muscular-looking trunks. Fall color is yellow to orange-red. Though it is happiest in low, shady places with deep rich soil, it also does well in sunny, dry sites. Tolerates Black Walnut. Attracts birds and butterflies. Larval host of Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Striped Hairstreak, and Red-spotted Purple. Also known as American Hornbeam, Blue Beech, Water Beech, Ironwood.

Plant height: 12′-36′

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One 3-gallon pot curbside at WinterLand Nursery in Oregon, WI.

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